Saturday, September 19, 2009

Free in LA – La Brea Tar Pits

Week two (September 12, 2009) of Free in LA is at the La Brea Tar Pits. The La Brea tar pits are located in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles and is pretty much a series of ponds and puddles with tar in them instead of water.

Methane is bubbling to the surface of the pits causing massive tar bubbles and making the air smell of freshly paved roads.

In the largest pond, they have set up a display of a mother Mammoth stuck in the tar pits with her child and mate looking on.

There were about 6 fenced off tar pits total with tar bubbling up at other random places they haven’t fenced off yet.. At one of the pits, archeologists are actively digging for fossils. They were not there when we were but here is a picture of the pit they are working in.

Also, at the La Brea Tar Pits, there are picnic tables, and a museum that you can pay to go into that has many of the fossils that have been taken from the tar pits. We didn’t visit the museum but may go back in the future.

Directly beside the La Brea tar pits is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). While there is a charge for entering the museum, there are a couple of exhibits outside that are free. There is a sculpture garden and examples of “Urban Art.” One of the examples of Urban Art was an interactive display of tentacles formed by dollar store plastic products including cups, colanders, spatulas, etc.

Another example was a similar structure except it was made out of street lamps.

Behind the tar pits is a large field used for special events. When we were there the Brazilian Consulate was hosting a Brazilian Day with Brazilian food, music and events.

Overall, we enjoyed our visit to the tar pits. It is really strange to see tar bubbling up in the middle of Hollywood and it is easily accessible from the Metro line 16 😀

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  1. That was a fun day 🙂

    Comment by MJ — September 24, 2009 @ 6:46 am

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